Macbook Pro Issue Thread

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mnm2004bft, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. mnm2004bft macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2006
    Hey guys,

    I'de like to start a thread where all Macbook Pro users can post their Week number of their Macbook Pro and state whether they are having any of the following known issues or if they're Macbook Pro's are running perfectly:

    1. A hissing noise often described as a whine, found to be caused by an idle processor. Software workarounds and the effect of screen position and power source on the issue have been reported.
    2. A 'mooing' noise, potentially fixed by the recent SMC Firmware update.
    3. Excessive heating, apparently caused by the application of excessive quantities of thermal grease on the processor during manufacturing. Reporting on this issue by an internet forum subsequently led to Apple threatening to sue for releasing images of confidential internal publications. Recently, some tests have challenged this explanation of heat issues, showing a minimal (one or two degrees F) drop in temperature when thermal grease was re-applied.
    4. Early models (serial numbers starting below W8610) had a screen hum emitting from the right side of the machine present when display brightness was set somewhere between maximum and minimum brightness.
    5. In some early models the supplied battery is faulty, and may eventually start swelling while losing capacity. Due to very limited clearance above the battery this can cause permanent damage to the touchpad if left unfixed.

    "Although no official tests have been conducted, many users are reporting that many of these issues have been fixed in later models (week 11 and onwards." - Source Wikipedia:

    Well the reason for this thread is because many people have asked me if the Macbook Pro problems have all been fixed, and the honest answer I give them is that I have no clue lol. Let's try to clear up the fog and try to find out whether buying a Macbook Pro and getting a perfectly good machine is still considered 'lucky' or to just confirm that most Macbook Pro's out there seem to be running fine and that we only have the perception that most Macbook Pro's are full of errors.

    I'll also be posting this on other threads so that I can begin to compile a graph of the data :)

    Oh and to keep this organized, when you post your reply, please include your Macbook Pro Week Number so that we can see if the issues decrease or increase and list the Number of the issue(s) that you are having unless you'de like to go into detail :)
  2. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
  3. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
  4. mnm2004bft thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2006
    Well basically, the serial numbers of Macbook Pro's start off with W86XX.

    Here's how to decode your MBP serial number: W8607 means that the unit was manufactured in facility W8 in the 7th week of 2006.

    Let me know if you need any more help :)
  5. milozauckerman macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2005
    Week 22 had to be returned after developing the CPU-related whine ten days in.
  6. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
  7. yah00z macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006
    Week 25

    Well, I had a week 20 MBP that had several issues, but my replacement week 25 system runs way cool, and does not have the CPU whine. Basically, IMO, they fixed the majority of the problems. I'd be curious to see how everyone else with week 24+ computers are doing. Basically Apple supposidly switched out the logic boards in week 24, and they "called for less thermal paste"
  8. DeeCee macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2006
    Mine is a week 23 17 in MBP and it is a piece of garbage with nothing but problems.
    1. keyboard had to be replaced
    2. screen wont turn on
    3. kernel panic problems

    Im seriously considering getting a refund at this point and just waiting for the Merom processor if I can get a idea of when it might be available for the MBP. By then hopefully Apple will have ironed out most issues.

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